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  • First image from SMAP on Feb. 27/28, 2015 (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech; NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
    First images of NASA's soil moisture mapper SMAP Vie Mar 13 2015
    NASA's soil moisture mapper (SMAP) was launched on 31 January to map and detect global soil moisture. These maps will support the understanding of the interlinkages of Earth's water, energy and carbon cycles. The monitoring of SMAP will also promote weather and climate prediction as well as the monitoring of natural hazards. First images of SMAP have now been made public. They demonstrate the...
  • UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER is supporting two courses in the Summer University 2015 of the Central European University in Budapest (Image: CEU)
    UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER supports summer courses at Central European University Vie Mar 13 2015
    UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER is supporting two summer courses at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary this July. The application deadline for both courses is 15 March 2015. Bridging ICTs and Environment - Making Information Talk and Technologies Work will take place from 6 to 10 July 2015 and is co-sponsored by UNOOSA's Programme for Space Applications. The course is furthermore supported by...
  • Satellite image of southern part of India (Image: NASA)
    ISRO to launch IRNSS navigation satellite by end of March jue Mar 12 2015
    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) anounced the launch of its fourth regional navigation satellite at the end of March, after deferring the planned launch on 9 March. The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS-1D) was supposed to be launched on March 9 by the Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-XL), however the launch had to be postponed due to one of the...
  • Satellite picture of Vietnam (Image: Wikipedia)
    International Charter activated for an oil spill off the coast of Viet Nam jue Mar 12 2015
    The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated for an oil spill off the coast of Viet Nam. The mechanism was activated by the Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) on behalf of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (Vietnam) to receive satellite-based emergency information and maps. Approximately five kilometers of the Viet Nam coast were coated in oil on 2 March...
  • The Ganges Brahmaputra Meghna (GBM) river basins and the Ganges-Brahmaputra (GB) delta as well as other river deltas
    Bangladesh: Expanding the satellite-based flood warning system mié Mar 11 2015
    Bangladesh has announced that it will expand its satellite-based flood forecasting and warning system, developed by SERVIR and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development ICIMOD. SERVIR is a mechanism established by NASA and regional institutions. The system relies on data provided by the Jason-2 satellite and is integrated in the country's current flood control management. In...
  • One of the micro-satellites will be launched from the International Space Station  (Image: NASA)
    The Philippines will launch two micro-satellites mié Mar 11 2015
    The Philippine Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has announced the launch of its own satellites into space in 2016 and 2017. In order to assist in disaster management programs, weather forecasting, agriculture, fisheries, forest protection, mining, and even the protection of cultural and historical sites, Philippine's Scientific Earth Observation Micro-Satellite (PHL-Microsat) Programme...
  • The Jaguari Reservoir near São Paulo in February 2015
    Landsat-8 captures shrinking water reservoirs near São Paulo mar Mar 10 2015
    For three years south eastern and eastern Brazil has been experiencing one of its worst droughts in a century and satellite images captured by Landsat-8 in the first months of 2015 do not bring any hope.   The recent rainy season, from November to March, has not brought any drought relief and the region is already 100 to 200 millimeters (4 to 8 inches) below normal rainfall. One of the biggest...
  • Rwanda satellite map (Image: NASA)
    Rwanda implements the first Land Use Mapping Portal in Africa mar Mar 10 2015
    Rwandans can now easily access land-use plans and other spatial data through the National Land Use Planning Portal (NLUPP). The portal, the first of its kind in Africa, has been established on Esri's ArcGIS platform by the Rwanda Natural Resources Authority with the financial support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). “Disseminating national and district land use...
  • UNISDR head Wahlström urges world leaders to take action on disaster risk reduction
    UNISDR: Climate change accounts for 87 percent of disasters worldwide mar Mar 10 2015
    Ahead of the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which will take place 14 to 18 March in Sendai, Japan, the Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Margareta Wahlström appealed to Member States to tackle the underlying drivers of disaster risks. The biggest of those drivers is climate change, accounting for 87 per cent of disasters, with other...
  • Typhoon approaching China (Image: NASA)
    Chinese Gaofen-2 earth observation satellite comes into service lun Mar 9 2015
    Last Friday, China’s most advanced earth observation satellite, the Gaofen-2, was put into service after being launched in August. The Gaofen-2 is the second of seven satellites that will be launched for the Gaofen mission, China's high-definition observation project, before 2020. The project was initiated in May 2010 and Gaofen-1 was launched in April 2013. The new satellite is able to see 0.8-...
  • Satellite image of Sub-Saharan Africa (Image: NASA)
    Satellite mapping to analyse rainfall impact in Africa lun Mar 9 2015
    A study carried out by the University of Leicester has shown the amount of rainfall many African areas receive has drastically changed in the last ten years. It is an essential factor for vegetation, which plays a vital role in African livelihoods. The international team of researchers has mapped the entire African continent south of the Sahara regions using satellite mapping technology. The...
  • 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines (Image: DFID/ Henry Donati)
    Atlas of cities at risk from natural disasters published lun Mar 9 2015
    More than 50 percent of the most exposed cities in the world for natural disasters are located in Philippines, China, Japan and Bangladesh, according to a recent publication by the global risk analytics company Verisk Maplecroft. The 5th annual Natural Hazards Risk Atlas (NHRA) shows that of the 100 cities with the greatest exposure to natural hazards, 21 are located in the Philippines, 16 in...
  • 2012 Blue Marble (Image: NASA)
    Second Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite Instrument will support Joint Polar Satellite System Mission Vie Mar 6 2015
    Raytheon Company delivered the second Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) to support the Joint Polar Satellite System mission providing critical weather information. The second VIIRS unit will be launched in 2017 joining the NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite launched in 2011 and ensuring continuity of its activities. The images collected by VIIRS offer...
  • 2010 flooding in Tennessee (Image: FEMA/ David Fine)
    Global flood harm could triple by 2030 Vie Mar 6 2015
    The detrimental effects caused by river flooding are increasing to the point the number of people affected worldwide could nearly triple in the next 15 years, according to the World Resources Institute (WRI). The institute's analysis shows that some 20 million people worldwide are exposed to flooding risks. This number is expected to rise to around 50 million by 2030. The economical costs of...
  • Screenshot of SIGNALERT crowdmapping app (Image: Signalert SARL)
    Signalert: Crowdmapping app for disaster management Vie Mar 6 2015
    SIGNALERT is a free smartphone app that enables citizens to report, be aware and manage the experiences with natural or manmade disasters, climate change or pollution at global level. This version makes available the possibility of reporting new phenomena (cyclone, typhoon and hurricane), new advices on what to do during a cyclone and a better interaction with social networks. A paid version of...
  • GAR15 provides a review of 10 years of disaster risk reduction
    2015 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR15) launched jue Mar 5 2015
    The 2015 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR15), prepared by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) was launched yesterday. In his remarks at the launch of the report, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underllined that “growing global inequality, increasing exposure to natural hazards, rapid urbanization and the overconsumption of energy and natural resources...
  • Satellite image of Lake Balaton (Image: Viktor Tóth)
    Water quality of European lake measured from space jue Mar 5 2015
    Satellite technology allows to assess the quality of water on Earth through the visualization of pollution levels otherwise invisible to the human eye, as a recent study shows. An international team of researchers from the University of Leicester, the Hungarian Academy of Science and industrial partners, has used the Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) instrument hosted on the ENVISAT...
  • General Assembly Hall (Image: Pine/Flickr)
    United Nations General Assembly adopts resolution on Global Geospatial Information Management jue Mar 5 2015
    Delegates in the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a consensus resolution last week, by which they addressed global geospatial information management. The document entitled “A global geodetic reference frame for sustainable development” (A/RES/69/266) urges States to voluntarily implement open sharing of geodetic data, standards and conventions, inviting them to improve national...
  • The e-tutorial is designed for delegates and experts participating in the preparatory process of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
    UNITAR offers e-tutorial for Post-2015 Disaster Risk Reduction Framework mié Mar 4 2015
    The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) has developed a free e-tutorial on the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).  This initiative has the goal of creating a level playing field for all actors involved, ensuring a minimum standard of understanding of the main issues by all concerned and a common starting point for the negotiation of the outcome document...
  • Spotlights Heat Map based on MODIS images for February 2015
    CONAE provides maps to fight fires in the Andes mié Mar 4 2015
    The Argentinian National Space Activities Commission (CONAE), host to a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office, is providing heat spotlight maps based on satellite images that show the environmental conditions of the Andean-Patagonian native forests, which is crucial information to mitigate the fires in the province of Chubut, Argentina. The maps are based on data from NASA's Landsat, Terra and Aqua...
  • Yvette storm in Southeast Europe and Balkans in 2014 (Image: NASA)
    e-GEOS will provide satellite maps for Copernicus emergency management mié Mar 4 2015
    The European Commission has awarded a contract worth 12 million Euros to e-GEOS, to provide satellite maps for emergency management. The contract, identified as Copernicus Emergency Management Service – Rapid Mapping, will be active in the period 2015- 2019. e-GEOS, a company established by Telespazio (80%) and the Italian Space Agency (20%), will lead an international consortium formed by the...

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